Blue Jays activate RHP Halladay for start

May 31, 2007 - 9:15 PM TORONTO (Ticker) - Roy Halladay has proven to be a quick healer, and the Toronto Blue Jays could not be more than thankful.

The Blue Jays activated the former American League Cy Young Award winner in order for him to start Thursday's opener of a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox.

The 6-6 righthander had been sidelined since May 11, when he had to be rushed to the hospital in Toronto with acute appendicitis.

Halladay was supposed to be down for at least four weeks, but his start against the struggling White Sox will be just 20 days after his surgery.

A four-time All-Star, Halladay got off to a quick start this season - winning his first four decisions - before hitting a rough patch. He had two of the worst starts of his career at Texas on May 5 - when he yielded nine runs in 5 1/3 innings - and on May 10 against Boston, when he allowed seven earned runs in five frames.

Whether those bad starts are related to the appendicitis is not known.

Overall, Halladay is 4-2 with a 4.37 ERA in eight starts this season. In nine appearances against Chicago, he is 1-2 with 3.91 ERA.

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